The Programming Insider: 27 New Series This Fall

Upfront tally: 14 dramas, 11 sitcoms and 2 non-scripted

In Today's Issue:

Upfront Week: The Final Tallies

Prime-Time Metered Market Thursday Ratings: Fox Wins; CBS a Competitive Second

The CW in 2011-12: Four New Series; Changes on All 5 Evenings

On the Air This Weekend: Prime-Time Programming Options

TV Tidbits: Notes of Interest

TV Trivia Time: Upcoming This Fall


The Final Tallies

By the numbers, the five broadcast networks – ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW – will, in total, introduce 27 new series this fall: 14 dramas, 11 sitcoms and 2 non-scripted.   The breakdown by is as follows:

Number of New Shows by Network:

ABC: 7

CBS: 5

NBC: 6

Fox: 5

CW: 4

Genre Breakdown:

ABC – 3 comedies, 4 dramas

CBS – 2 comedies, 3 dramas

NBC – 3 comedies, 3 dramas

Fox – 3 comedies, 1 drama, 1 non-scripted

CW – 3 dramas, 1 non-scripted

Number of New Shows by Night:

Monday: 4

Tuesday: 5

Wednesday: 7

Thursday: 7

Friday: 2

Sunday: 3

(*The X Factor on Fox airs on Wednesday and Thursday)

Number of Established Series Changing Time Periods: 16

ABC: 3 (Happy Endings, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Shark Tank)

CBS: 3 (CSI, Rules of Engagement, The Good Wife)

NBC: 4 (The Sing-Off- Harry’s Law, Parks and Recreation, Chuck)

Fox: 3 (House, Raising Hope, The Cleveland Show)

CW: 3 (Gossip Girl, 90210, Nikita)

The number of new dramas still outweigh the new comedies, but 11 freshman chucklers on the Big 4 (excluding The CW, which is out of the business) is the most introduced in a fall season in five years.  Other interesting observations…

-33 percent of the schedule is non-scripted programming (excluding sports).

-Excluding the fall of 1988, CBS has aired a comedy in the Monday 9 p.m. half-hour every year since I Love Lucy in 1951.

-The last time ABC opened a fall season with comedies in the Tuesday 8 p.m. was in 2007 with short-lived Cavemen and Carpoolers.

-The last time NBC opened a fall season with comedies in the Wednesday 8 p.m. hour was in 2006 with 30 Rock and short-lived 30 Good Years.

-The last time CBS opened the fall season with a sitcom anchoring Saturday was colossal flop Frannie’s Turn in 1992.

-The original Charlie’s Angels debuted on ABC 35 years ago (on Sept. 22, 1976 to be exact).

-Excluding Survivor: Nicaragua and The Middle, everything else in the Wednesday 8 p.m. hour is new.

-Three hours of programming in the Wednesday 8 p.m. hour are non-scripted (CBS: Survivor, Fox: The X Factor, CW: H8R)



Fox Wins; CBS a Competitive Second

Thursday 5/19/11

Note: The overnight data now includes DVR playback until 3 a.m. local time. One year earlier it was based on Live data only.  All times are ET/PT.

Household Rating/Share

Fox: 10.5/17, CBS: 8.2/13, ABC: 5.6/ 9, NBC: 3.3/ 5, CW: 1.0/ 2

Note: The yearly comparisons are not available today.

Yesterday's Winners:

American Idol (Fox), The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), The Mentalist (CBS)

Honorable Mention:

The Office (NBC)

Yesterday's Losers:

Wipeout (ABC), Parks and Recreation (NBC)

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